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Lake Travis school district was on high alert after finding a threatening message on the bottom of a stool in the Lake Travis High School library April 25.

The message reads, “There will be blood 4/26/13.”

The district worked with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Lakeway and Bee Cave police departments to monitor the school April 26.

Lake Travis Superintendent Brad Lancaster said no incidents occurred that day.

“I am pleased to report that our teachers and staff delivered a full day of instruction without incident across our district today,” Lancaster wrote in a letter to parents. “I’d like to thank them, as well as the students in attendance today, for honoring the commitment to their education which resulted in a meaningful and educational day.”

District officials are investigating the matter in conjunction with local law enforcement. The stool has been removed from school premises.

Before April 26, the district started an investigation with local law enforcement agencies and prepared to monitor district schools.

“We do not believe this discovery to be a cause for alarm, but out of an abundance of caution, we have put together a plan for increased police presence on our campuses on Friday, April 26, 2013,” Lancaster wrote in an open letter to parents.

The district has just finished a round of safety and security meetings with parents and teachers at each school district coordinated by Deputy Superintendent Chris Allen, where he presented what safety measures are in place in each school and what the district plans to improve upon before the next school year.

Lancaster emphasized the district’s “well-defined crisis management plan” in his letter to parents.

“Our goal is to be as prepared as possible if a crisis were to affect any of our schools,” he stated. “We are in constant communication with all of our area law enforcement agencies to make sure that our crisis management plan has been well-vetted and is clearly understood by all who would respond.”

Lancaster said the administration intends to find the person or persons responsible and execute appropriate consequences.

“While this matter remains under investigation, please know that law enforcement and district officials will remain vigilant as it pertains to school safety,” he wrote. “Rest assured, we take this matter seriously and are taking all appropriate actions to identify and address those responsible for the duress placed upon our school community.”

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  1. Barry Johnson says:

    Well, the cat is out of the bag. Now, all a student has to do to get out of taking an exam is to write a note on a stool. When will the letters start?

  2. Barry Johnson says:

    Hmmmm, a “full day of instruction”? I hear there were a lot of students that did not come to school on that day, some left early, and very little was taught that day. Let’s state the facts correctly.

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